Sheep and goat farmers demanded the implementation of the halloumi PDO in an angry protest outside the presidential palace on Wednesday during which they spilled milk and set fire to bales of hay.
The demonstration comes a day after Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said sheep and goat farmers are “in a very difficult situation” as milk is sold cheaper than the production cost.
Livestock breeders belonging to different farmers’ organisations together with their families, including children, gathered outside the presidential palace at 11.30am to request the immediate implementation of the PDO legislation in the production of traditional halloumi cheese.
The group met at the parking of GSP stadium from where they drove to the presidential palace to submit a relevant memorandum with their demands.
There they poured milk outside entrance and set fire to bales of hay that were extinguished by the fire service.
It is reminded that all agricultural organizations are supporting the protest noting that the ongoing increases in the prices of electricity, fertilizers, animal feed and so forth have brought the sector into a desperate situation and effective measures are immediately needed.